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f could lead to prosperity or ruin. A risk that was mirrored in his mother's eyes as he walked off to the North. About the same time as Roberto was making his way north, another man was making his way west along another road that would also offer the poten- tial for prosperity, risk and adventure. Surely, Bishop McDonald felt the same yearn- ing and fears and offered the same prayers as Roberto as they slowly made their way toward each other in the great state of Arkansas. After several stops Roberto finally landed in a place called De Queen. "Why De Queen?" Roberto still asks himself that question. Yet this is where he stopped on his adventure. The bishop went to Little Rock and also began his new life. Roberto found that "the streets paved with gold" that were talked about were actually chickens in De Queen, and it took hard to make them chan gold. He also although gold is putting food on the its limitations. RobeI feel other yearnings pangs of hunger and looked for the Church he left in Teul and found St. Barbara in De Queen. The bishop began to hear stories from his priests about the new immigrants to Arkansas who mostly were from Mexico, who spoke Spanish and were 86 Immigrants from Mexico are the newest residents in ArkansaS. Although predominantly Catholic, many are unaware that the church exists in this foreign land. J beginning to make their way into the Church. This was not the first time that foreign immi- grants had come to Arkansas to make it their home, but it has been a long time that such a large migration of people had come to Arkansas, and many of us had to struggle with how to welcome these new strangers who seemed so different. For the bishop, too, these new people were a challenge. They had to be ministered to in a way that Arkansas catholic ,i /h